Monthly Archives: January 2014

“A wise man wil…

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” — Francis Bacon

This quote, from Sir Francis Bacon’s The Essays, speaks so much to the past week for me. I got some bad news about graduation–namely that it will occur in August instead of May, but there’s a silver lining in this little set-back. I also received the news that I had to re-conduct the surveys that form the backbone of my thesis. This came as a horrible shock, but a little chat with my father and my advisors and friends, and I’m seeing the good in all of this. I had wanted to re-vamp my survey instrument, and survey another church anyways, but had resisted making that amendment to my Institutional Review Board form. Now that I’m re-conducting the surveys in their entirety, I can make those changes, and further improve my research. As I always say, “it’s going to work out because it has to work out.”

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Hectic beginning to the semester

Well, the semester officially started on Monday, the 13th. My first day at work was the 14th, and it was fun to meet with the students. My first day of class was on the 16th, and I feel pretty good about this course in SPSS. I got some unwelcome news about graduation–namely, it will be in August, rather than May. However, I’m the type to find a silver lining and the pushed back date means I get to refine my survey instrument, which I realize needs some work. All in all, it will work out because it has to work out.


One day now until I get to represent @ta

One day now until I get to represent @tamuc at the #SPSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans! #excited #nervous #icandothis


Cropping Images: Quick Tips for Clean, Polished Photographs

Fascinating series for those of us learning more and more about blogging.

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Hey, Daily Posters! For those of you who haven’t heard, we’re running our Zero to Hero challenge this month: 30 days of assignments to give you a solid blogging foundation (or to reintroduce tasks you might have skipped when you first started blogging). So, be sure to check it out — in today’s task, participants are asked to publish a post with at least one image, so today’s tutorial on cropping images might be helpful.

In our Photography 101 series, Leanne Cole talked about image editing in her Photoshop tutorial, covering tasks like straightening, cropping, and spot-correcting. Since cropping is a fairly simple yet effective way to improve a photograph, let’s talk a bit more about how you can cut and frame your images.

When I’m out with my iPhone or camera, I don’t always have time to carefully compose a shot, and if you sift through my image…

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